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Buying a new vacuum

Buying a new vacuum can be a daunting task. So many choices, and so many manufacturers.  The first thing you need to ask yourself is; do I want a cheap disposable vacuum to get me by, or should I invest in a high quality vacuum. If you’re renting, or a student my vote would be to go with a disposable vacuum. The reason being it’s not your carpet. If you don’t remove the destructive gritty dirt that causes premature wearing of the carpet it’s not your carpet. A disposable vacuum today is anything purchased for under $200. Vacuums in this price range are sold at the big box discount stores. You’ll have to assemble it when you get it home, and don’t expect any help if it breaks. If you break a belt or need a filter you’ll want to purchase these items to keep it going. Anything major goes wrong with the vacuum throw it in the trash. It’s not worth putting money into these units.

Vacuums sold for over $200 tend to be a better quality. They will last longer, and remove more dirt out of your carpet. Try to buy a vacuum made in America if possible. I know it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do today. American made vacuums are Riccar, Simplicity, and good old Kirby. This is important if you need parts, or service. There are great vacuums made overseas but sometimes parts are an issue if they break. Miele is a high quality vacuum as is Bosch. The old standbys we grew up with Hoover, Eureka, Royal, Dirt Devil, and Bissell are all made in China, or Mexico. They have some good models that grade out well with Consumer Report, but the quality of workmanship has really slipped. Avoid any vacuum sold on the internet, or with an unfamiliar name. History is full of vacuum companies that were here today, and gone tomorrow. Can you say Phantom, Regina, GE, Whirlpool, and many others that tried their hand at vacuums. The Dyson is made in Malaysia, and I’m not a big fan of any of their machines. They seem to put all the emphasis on the advertising, and promotion of the machine. The combination of the English accent, and hitting all the hot buttons with consumers has them lining up in droves to purchase their machines. Satisfaction after you buy is often a different story. If you ever need to get it repaired, or buy filters for it bring a big wallet.

The type of vacuum you buy is a personal choice. Uprights, and canister vacuums will both do a good job. I find if you grew up using a certain style of vacuum you’ll probably stay with that style. A home with all hard surface floors, and no carpet is probably the perfect venue for a straight suction canister vacuum. You don’t need the rotating agitator because the dirt is right there on the surface. Dirt works it’s way into the carpet, and requires a revolving agitator to bring it to the surface. A little demonstration you can do to see if the vacuum you’re interested in or currently own will do this is to take sand and rub it into an area of the carpet until it disappears. This is the kind of dirt tracked into your home on the bottom of your shoes. Get your vacuum, turn it on and stop the vacuum just in front of the area you poured the sand into the carpet. You should see the sand coming to the surface from the bottom of the carpet. If you don’t the vacuum you have or are considering will only surface clean the carpet. It’s okay if you’re renting, and it’s not your carpet, but bad if it’s your carpet. You can get even more information by clicking here to see a short video on the different types of vacuums.

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Pine tree needles + your vacuum = a clogged vacuum

It’s the holiday season, and with it comes the raising of the Christmas tree. I remember in my family it was a huge deal. I was the only girl with four older brothers. They, and my father would travel to a Christmas tree farm to select the perfect tree. It was mine, and my mothers job to decorate it. We would keep the tree up a good three weeks to enjoy it. This meant we would experience significant loss of pine needles from the tree. My mother would vacuum them up with her trusty Hoover vacuum, and every year the vacuum would become clogged. It never failed. We knew when she started picking them up what the result was going to be. My father would have to take the thing apart, find the clog, and remove it. The best part was I’d get to hear my dad say words I wasn’t supposed to know, and wasn’t allowed to repeat. My recommendation is to use a shop style vacuum to pick up the bulk of the pine needles. If you’re going to use your good vacuum make sure it has an empty bag when you start, and let the vacuum take small bites of the pine needles. Nothing clogs it quicker than trying to gulp up a big pile of pine needles in one bite. Check your bag frequently, and make sure you don’t break a belt. Watch my video on trouble shooting your vacuum by clicking here.

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Tips for owners of Bagless Vacuums

If you own a vacuum that doesn’t require paper bags I’m going to give you information that hopefully keeps your vacuum out of the repair shop. First of all a vacuum that doesn’t use paper bags has less available area to exhaust air through than an upright using bags. If you take in account the dirt collection bin, and the size of the filters the vacuum uses, it becomes imperative to keep these filters clean. Your owners manual will tell you to take them out, and clean them every time you use the vacuum. Believe them it’s that important. They will probably also recommend changing them every year. Just do it if you want your vacuum to work. What no one tells you when you buy the Dyson or other bagless vacuum is the first time you use your new vacuum the filters start to become impacted with fine dust. Over time you cut off your vacuums ability to move air through it. This is important because your vacuum has to move air through it to cool the motor. If the filters are impacted you can burn up your motor. Second if you can’t move air through it because of dirty filters you won’t be picking up very much from the carpet. The filters can be pretty expensive so if you thought you were saving money by buying a bagless vacuum you’re dead wrong. I hope this information helps you to keep your bagless vacuum running, and out of the repair shop.

                                                                                                                                                            Patti

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